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My dog Bear has been diagnosed with Diabetes. He is a lab/chow mix and weighs about 70 pounds now (down from 90 at his top weight). He is approximately 9-10 years old or older. He is a rescue and I am not sure of his exact age. He has been healthy his whole time. He had recently been losing weight and did not want to walk much and lost his appetite. He was first diagnosed with hip dysplasia. My vet did not take and xray or blood test but treated him by the way he was walking. He was put on Tramadol and Previcox. After a week of this with not much results I put him on your Arthro-Ionx. He showed some improvement, eating more while standing at his bowl, no sign of pain. I left to go out of the country and he got lethargic and my friend took him to the ER and he was diagnosed with the diabetes and possibly cushing disease. He is receiving 11cc of insulin twice a day and is on Royal Canin diabetic food. (his appetite is good and he cleans his bowl and wants more, but I am limiting his intake) He seems to be responding well. I will be consulting with his vet tomorrow. Because I'm not sure if he has arthritis after all, I am not sure if I should stop the Arthro-Ionx. (I don't want to waste the bottles I have and Petra says I cannot exchange them for the Dia-Ionx) If I start him on your Dia-iOnx will that possibly get him to a point where I can reduce the amount of insulin? I have read the reviews and it seems that some people never give their dogs insulin and are able to control the symptoms. I also am not sure what the test strips you sell accomplish. Does this replace a glucosometer? Do the strips test the glucose levels? Is there a number I need to be aiming to reach on his glucose levels? Thanks for any direction you can give me.

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December 21, 2014 at 8:57 PM



Dear Don,

We do not sell Rimadyl. You might want to do some research about side effects when used in certain breeds. Instead we use the nontoxic approach and start with PROMAXOL. It helps to decrease pain, inflammation, and stiffness and stimulate healing. Initially I would give a half dose with breakfast and supper. After improvement is seen you can decrease to a whole dose once daily. For longer term management you can switch to ARTHRO-IONX. You may use either of these with an NSAID such as Rimadyl if necessary. In addition I find it helpful to follow a holistic approach by giving some nutritional supplements to accompany the homeopathic. I would use MSM, probiotics, vitamin C, and Omega 3,6,9. Sometimes I also give a perna mussel/ glucosamine/ manganese supplement. If nerves innervating the hindlegs are part of the problem, then giving a choline/ B vitamin supplement called GeriForm is helpful.

I would also suggest an evaluation by a veterinary chiropractor. If a correction is needed, the adjustment can help with better movement. Usually it makes a big difference. Acupuncture is also worth checking into.

Please let us know how your dog responds.

Best wishes,

Dr. Char

Dr. Char Wilson, DVM Health Coach answered
December 22, 2014 at 9:51 AM
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